TVi film crew beaten off by police at election commission


Mykola Knyazhytsky, General Director of TVi reports that one of the television channel’s film crews was set upon by police when they tried to enter the meeting room.  Mr Knyazhytsky says that at the moment nobody is being admitted to the room where the district election commission [DEC] is meeting – neither journalists nor candidates. In contrast, the police are in the premises all the time and are present during the DEC meetings.

“What they’re doing there we don’t know. We’re not admitted. As soon as we tried to get accreditation for the DEC session, the police turned on me, journalist Lyubomir Ferenets and cameraman Oleksandr Tupik. We were beaten and now we can’t get into the premises”, he said.

On Sunday morning, with 97.27% of the votes in No. 11 Electoral District processed, the CEC stated that Oleksandr Dobrovsky was winning with 30.07% against the candidate from the United Opposition Natalia Soleiko with 27.89%.

This is in marked contrast to Saturday morning when 86.36% of the protocols had been processed. Then Soleiko was leading with 25, 497 votes against Dombrovsky’s 24, 828.

Earlier at No. 11 a decision was taken to have a recount, and ballot papers with votes for Soleiko were destroyed.

The Internet publication Ukrainska Pravda asserts that while the police at No. 11 threw out OSCE observers, members of the commission fiddled ballot papers. CEC replaced the head of the DEC, Serhiy Sitarsky who represented the Batkivshchyna Party by a representative of the Russian Bloc Party, Olha Stadnyk.

Members of the opposition asserted on Saturday that members of DEC No. 11 are continuing an illegal vote count and not awaiting the court ruling on this matter. 

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